Call for Applications

WSN Board Recruitment Expression of Interest

Make a difference: Join the Board of Directors at Workplace Safety North

Are you a senior executive with leadership abilities that will help guide Ontario’s forest products and mining industries, as well as northern Ontario business? Do you have vision, and commitment?

The organization
An independent not-for-profit organization, Workplace Safety North (WSN) is a leading provider of health and safety services, training, and resources for mining, mine rescue, and forest product sectors, as well as northern Ontario businesses across all sectors.  

As one of the four designated health and safety associations in Ontario, businesses call upon WSN for expert advice and information, classroom and online training programs, on-site consultations, health and safety audits, industrial hygiene testing, ergonomic assessments, and specific problem-solving.
 
WSN believes illnesses and injuries can and must be prevented, and its mission is to be a force for positive action – anticipating and responding to the greatest needs of clients, and bringing together partners, members, and diverse communities to build safer, healthier and stronger workplaces.

The Board
WSN is governed by a competency-based, volunteer Board of Directors and receives valuable input from volunteer advisory committees. The Board reaches across Ontario’s prevention system to foster effective stakeholder alliances and serve as health and safety advocates for Ontario workplaces.

The benefits
Choosing to invest your time and experience with the WSN Board of Directors is rewarding and will provide an invaluable leadership opportunity to the right volunteer. The role provides companies with a unique opportunity to influence and raise the profile of prevention as a centerpiece for any corporate social responsibility program.

Your role
WSN values a Board that is inclusive (gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, cultural needs, visible minority, and persons with special needs) and representative of the workplaces, the sectors and communities we serve. 

Two board of director positions are currently being recruited for. One director employed in the mining sector as a non-management representative and one director employed in the forestry sector as a management representative.

Given the Board’s current composition, we are seeking candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Educational technology
  • Not-for-profit finance
  • Government relations
  • Human resources
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Not-for-profit governance
  • Strategic planning

Your attributes:

  • Integrity and high ethical standards
  • Intellectual capacity for conceptual and strategic thinking
  • Ability to cut through complex issues and ask incisive questions
  • Independent judgment
  • Candour and the willingness to table difficult issues
  • Willingness to act on and be accountable for decisions
  • The interpersonal skills to work collegially within and outside WSN, and to express views in a way that is both challenging and supportive
  • Commitment to prepare for and attend meetings on a regular basis  

Time Commitment
Successful candidates will be nominated at the next Annual General Meeting in September for a term of three years. Directors are expected to regularly attend Board meetings, participate on committees, and attend events. The Board meets six times per year, including an off-site strategic planning session. 

A Director’s total time commitment will vary, however, total time commitment expected can equate to one or two days per month. Please note that this is a volunteer role; no remuneration is offered.  Travel and other business expenses are reimbursed, if required, in accordance with established guidelines. For additional information, you’re encouraged to review About WSN.

Please take a moment to review the WSN Board Conflict of Interest Policy.

Interested applicants are requested to submit an expression of interest and résumé before April 30, 2019 via email to: lorrainechampagne@workplacesafetynorth.ca. If you have any questions, you can reach Lorraine Champagne at 705-474-7233 or 1-888-730-7821 extension 285.

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.